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History Sandwiched In: Fact or Fiction: Researching Charles Bean

April 20, 2022, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

A headshot of a man with a white high-collared shirt and tie under a dark-coat.

Charles Bean on graduation from college

Charles Bean was an enigmatic figure in Geneva’s history. His tendency to spread false histories about Geneva and his family’s land have had an outsized impact on people's perceptions of Geneva's past. Many of his stories are still perpetuated to this day. Parsing out the fact from fiction are our long-gone Geneva historians whose hard work uncovered the truth. We’ll look at the misnamed Lafayette Tree, a mysterious school, and historic markers that relay false information in the program.

The program will be presented online through Zoom, and advance registration is required. To register, click here. The necessary login information will be sent to registrants via email 24 hours prior to the program. For any problems with registration or to register by phone, call the Historic Geneva office at 315-789-5151. Registrations must be complete before 5:00 p.m. on April 19, the day before the program.

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